On last week’s episode of “Survivor,” Geo Bustamante became the fifth castaway voted out of “Survivor 43” after the Coco tribe lost the Immunity Challenge.
The elimination came as a shock to Geo and his ally Ryan Medrano who thought Cassidy Clark, the Texas-based designer, would be the one getting her torch snuffed.
In tonight’s episode of “Survivor,” the three tribes will merge to create one group and a sixth castaway will see their dream of winning a million dollars come to an end.
The drama kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on CBS and Paramount Plus.
Follow along with our live coverage of tonight’s episode:
Survivor 43: Episode 6 Recap
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD: DO NOT KEEP READING IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO READ SPOILERS.
8:00: Tonight’s episode kicks off with the three tribes leaving their individual camps and heading to another part of the island. It is time to bring the tribes together. In other words, it’s time for the merge! The tribes are greeting each other and filling each other in on what’s been happening at their respective camps.
Noelle tells Owen about her Steal a Vote. Interesting. In a confessional, Owen recaps what he knows about the other players. He knows Noelle (Vesi) has a Steal a Vote. He knows Jesse (Vesi) does not have a vote. He knows Jeanine (Baka) has an Idol. He doesn’t know if anyone on Coco has an advantage.
In a separate conversation, Noelle tells Elie about Cody’s hat of beads. She tells her as a funny anecdote about Cody but little does she know that she just revealed Cody has an Idol. Elie tells Jeanine that Cody has an Idol.
8:10: Time for an Immunity Challenge! Jeff Probst tells the castaways that the tribe part of the game is over but they will have to earn their way into the merge. He divides them into two groups of six. The two groups will compete against each other in a challenge. The first team to finish wins a merge feast and immunity.
They draw rocks to assign teams. There are six blue rocks, six red rocks, and one grey rock. The castaway that draws the grey rock you will not compete in the challenge. Instead, they will choose a team to align with and that team will decide their fate.
Blue team: Gabler, Jesse, Ryan, Jeanine, Karla, and Dwight
Red team: Cassidy, Elie, Cody, Owen, Sami, and James.
Noelle draws the grey rock. She chooses to align with the blue team.
The Blue teams wins Immunity in a nail biter competition! All six tea members and Noelle are safe. They cannot be voted out at Tribal Council.
8:25: The red team is recovering after their loss. Elie feels responsible for losing the challenge. Owen tells Elie he is “sketched out” by James. In a confessional, Elie reveals she wants to work with the Vesi tribe. She wants to vote out a member of the Coco tribe.
Elie and Cassidy are talking. Cassidy throws out Cody’s name. Elie is pretending she is on board to vote out Cody. Elie tells James she wants to vote out Cody. Hmm. She’s up to something. In a confessional, James reveals he does not trust Elie.
8:30: The winning team is enjoying their merge meal. Ryan proposes a final seven to the winning team. In a confessional, Jeanine calls his pitch “ridiculous” and is not on board. The winning team is discussing who to vote out at Tribal Council. Gabler throws Elie under the bus. He tells the winning team that Elie looked through his bag on day three. He wants her out of the game.
8:35: Elie is discussing the votes with Cody, Dwight, and Jeanine. They come up with a plan to vote out a member of Coco at Tribal Council. Jeanine tells Elie that Gabler threw her under the bus. Elie confronts Gabler. Oh no. They’re fighting. They don’t trust each other. Gabler says that Sami and Owen told him that Elie searched his bag.
Elie confronts Sami and Owen about the bag search. They deny it and are mad at Gabler for saying that.
Jeanine, Owen, and Sami corner Gabler to make sure Baka is going to vote together. He says he is on board with staying Baka strong this week. But is he?
The votes are a mess. Everyone keeps changing their mind. Elie, Cassidy, and James are all on the chopping block.
Jeanine might use her Idol for Elie tonight.
Tribal Council Recap: Who Went Home?
8:50: Time for Tribal Council. Jeff Probst is catching up with the castaways. Owen says you can never trust anyone 100 percent. You can only trust yourself.
8:55: It is unclear who is going home tonight. Let’s see how the votes fall.
No one played an advantage. Okay, interesting. Jeanine did not give her Idol to Elie.
Here’s how the votes fell.
Elie: 5 votes
James: 2 votes
Owen: 1 vote
Cassidy: 1 vote
Jeanine looks shocked. On her way out Elie says, “See where trusting Gabler will get you.” Ouch. That will put a target on his back.
“Survivor” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on CBS and Paramount Plus.
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